Julie Levine

Family

When the News is too Awful to Share with Our Kids

When I was growing up, my parents never talked to me about what was happening in the world. CNN was born when I was 13, but I was too busy watching soap operas, trying to beat my previous score in Pac-Man and playing kickball in the backyard with my friends to notice.

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School Years Are Hectic But I Know I’ll Miss Them

May and June are bookended with September and October. The flurry of activity that ends the school year is just as busy as the months that begin it. Soon the kids will have completed another grade in school. One is graduating middle school. Another will start to think about college. Read more…

Disconnecting to Stay Connected

I’ve read countless articles dispensing all kinds of advice on limiting kids’ screen time. All these articles do is make me feel guilty. I have yet to read a parenting article that takes an honest look at how difficult it is to get your kids off their devices. Read more…

There Goes the Neighborhood – And Childhood

Eunice’s Cafe closed a few years ago. Then, shortly after, the hardware store next to Eunice’s went out of business. Brooks Shoes shut its doors for good a few weeks ago, and the place where the kids used to get their haircuts, Snippety Crickets, closed recently too. Read more…

Raising Tough Kids Not Easy for Parent with Fretting Instinct

There are so many new parenting books on the market dispensing advice about how to raise strong, resilient and independent kids. I’m sure they’re great, but I won’t be buying any of them.

I read Wendy Mogel’s “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee” when my kids were toddlers. I haven’t needed to read another parenting book since. Read more…